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Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge

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Bizzyma wrote a review Feb 2024
Brownsburg, Indiana25 contributions35 helpful votes
Once again things only keep going downhill at these villas. We have been coming for 20 years due to the fact it is our “home” resort for the DVC and have enjoyed it much more in the past. The rooms have been refurbished to bare bones. We are in a studio room as it is just my husband and myself this time. Somewhat larger than an average hotel room it feels very plain. No bedside table to charge the phone, place a book or anything. One big long white counter under the TV that hides a child’s pull down bed along with a few drawers. A small fridge and empty cabinets, except for a few paper plates. The water pressure is terrible. And the smell of the water is terrible. I realize it’s built over a swamp and the water in Florida isn’t the best, but couldn’t they use better filters??? The bed is not comfortable so neither my husband nor myself slept well the four nights we were here. The drinks are outrageously expensive (17$ for a margarita in a small Dixie type cup). The last straw was this morning when we were trying to sleep in a little before a long drive. The garbage trucks were right outside our balcony (we were on the third floor) banging the garbage bins and making all kinds of noise at a little before 7. Couldn’t they at least wait until 8? Anyway, the pool area is nice and we do love the relative quiet out by the vacation club pool. We used to love the running trail they had that connected this property to the Fort Wilderness campground but they have done away with that as well to make room for their outrageously expensive cabins. If you have DVC it’s a less “hectic” type place and it is pretty in the lobby and outdoors with all the pine trees. However, if you’re booking it as a hotel room I think you might be disappointed when you see the rooms for the price you have to pay to stay here.
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Date of stay: February 2024Trip type: Traveled as a couple
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efpub wrote a review Jan 2024
Boston, Massachusetts81 contributions60 helpful votes
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The Wilderness Lodge, and its adjacent Boulder Ridge Villas are nicely themed to the idea of the national parks, with lots of theming with wood and trees and nature. The Boulder Ridge Villas is a Disney Vacation Club property, primarily intended for stays by DVC members, but also available to their guests, and frequently rooms not reserved for that purposes are available to rent from Disney just like a regular hotel room in the main lodge building, to which it's connected by a covered walkway. Like other DVC properties, the Boulder Ridge Villas (and the Copper Creek DVC property with is also at the Wilderness Lodge) offer studio, 1-bedroom and 2-bedroom offerings. All the common services like dining, shopping and transportation are in the main Wilderness Lodge building. Dining varies fancier character experiences with Snow White at the Artist Point, to the purposely-boisterous "Whispering" Canyon Cafe, a bar, the Roaring Fork quick-service offering (with mug-filling), and the Geyser Point open-air Bar and Grill down by the shores of Bay Lake (also offers mug-filling). The price for any of the lodging offerings at the Wilderness Lodge and its two DVC properties can get expensive, but can be so worth it for a nice, relaxing environment. Complimentary boat service to the Magic Kingdom and busses to all other resort destinations are included. The Electrical Water Pageant stops here for a fun show - you can get great views down in the area of the Geyser Point Bar and Grill. The Boulder Ridge Villas include a ground-floor sitting room themed after the Carolwood Pacific Railroad the Walt Disney had built in his yard - for fans and Walt, history, and railroading, it's an awesome room with cars and lots of photos.
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Date of stay: February 2023
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agb73 wrote a review Feb 2024
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This place is fine. I think if we had stayed in the main part of the hotel, we would have had a somewhat different experience. We were really disappointed with our first Disney experience and didn’t leave wanting to return like we had hoped. -When we checked in, I had some questions about transportation and the hotel in general. The cast member said he was new and that he was unable to answer any of our questions. -The shower was either freezing cold or scalding hot, with no in between. The sheets are paper thin and there is no comforter on the bed. They use the equivalent of a giant towel, which I guess is because they have such high volume they have to be able to rip the bedding off quickly. -We asked for a crib for our 2 year old, and it was never brought to us which completely disrupted their ability to sleep. -There is no room service, so if you find yourself needing food or something simple like a bottle of water at night, you’re out of luck. When we asked about water or anything else, we were simply told about the club level and how they have all of those amenities for those rooms only. This is something you might really take for granted at a Marriott or other hotel chain that gives you free bottled water at the bare minimum. -We decided to valet because we knew we were going to be using our car often. This was the most bizarre valet experience we’ve ever had. It seemed almost like an after thought, or they were just hoping nobody would use the valet service. We had to get a new valet ticket almost every time we came back to the hotel, and continuously had to give our name and other information, even though we saw the same staff over and over. -Another negative part of our experience is that, when we booked our specific hotel room type, we weren’t given the option of what view we wanted. We just paid the price to reserve a 1 bedroom in Boulder Ridge. We had a first floor view of a fence and some grass, which was absolutely not what we wanted. I would have paid more for a better view, but was never given the option. It would be really helpful to have separate categories for some room types based on views that can be booked (like they have for a few of the room types). It doesn’t really make sense to pay the same amount when some people end up with terrible views and some get amazing ones. -One of the most disappointing things is that there really were never any staff to ask how you’re doing or if your stay is going well. Even when I asked the front desk as we were leaving what I needed to do for check out, she just said “nothing, it’s automatic”, with no “how was your stay“ or a simple “thank you for coming”. Disney Parks seem to pride themselves on customer service and experience, but it seems to be more of an illusion than reality in the Hotels/Resorts. There are far too many people for them to genuinely care about everyone’s experience. They also use computers for a majority of what staff persons would typically do at a resort. There is no way to call the hotel directly ahead of time to ask questions or make sure you feel comfortable before paying a lot of money before your stay. I tried to contact someone via the main Disney customer service number and could never get through to anyone. We went to the Four Seasons for breakfast and within five minutes were being called by name and the hospitality was incredible. The Wilderness Lodge in comparison seemed like an airport hotel or the most basic resort one could possibly book. Overall, I think if you want to pay a lot of money to be able to stay on Disney property and take a boat to Magic Kingdom, but you want more of an Airbnb experience and you don’t care about hospitality or comfort, this is a great choice!!
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Date of stay: February 2024
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klingenb1028 wrote a review Sep 2023
Windber, Pennsylvania3 contributions2 helpful votes
This is what Disney is supposed to be - I feel like I’ve been taken back to the 80s - the ultimate Disney experience is old Disney! This is it! Everyone, and I do mean everyone from the wait staff to the bartenders, to the cleaning staff through the retail workers, maintenance up to the front desk and back office are top notch and HAPPY! Yes, Happy! Try finding that in Disney in 2023!!! This speaks volumes about the management at this resort! We were lucky enough to get to experience this resort on many occasions and meet some of the wonderful management team stand outs, including Warren and Arlene. This team and their staff are the epitome of customer service and the utmost satisfaction! I truly feel like I’m coming home when I pull up at this building and look for our new found friends!!! Beyond the amazing staff, the resort it immaculate, the food offerings cannot be neat, and the environment is the best relaxation that I’ve found in Disney since I’ve been a kid!
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Date of stay: September 2023
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eminva wrote a review Aug 2023
Vienna, Virginia196 contributions180 helpful votes
Spent one night here on rented DVC points at the end of a WDW visit after my traveling partners had all left. Definitely wish we had spent the whole vacation here! The resort has a relaxed, fun vibe. As Disney resorts go, it's relatively compact and easy to get around -- though there's no guest parking near some of the villas. Of course, easy ferry access to the Magic Kingdom is a huge plus. My one bedroom suite was spacious and had all the amenities you could hope for. Loved the washer and dryer -- so handy to do that while resting in the room. The bathroom set up would be handy for larger parties. I couldn't figure out the coffee maker for the life of me, but I had a resort mug so no problem. The room was very quiet and had two patios to sit and enjoy nature. As I noted above, I rented points for this stay and was expecting a deluxe studio, which is what I reserved, but a little bit of pixie dust came my way, resulting in a one bedroom suite. I'm glad I got to experience this -- never would have done so any other way! -- and will try to nab this level of accommodations for future family trips. Highly recommended!
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Date of stay: August 2023
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ashleyxmarie wrote a review Jun 2023
Wheaton, Illinois403 contributions181 helpful votes
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Wow. The room and hallway refurbishments have taken this place to a whole different level! As long time DVC members, we’ve stayed at every DVC property. Boulder Ridge was always at the bottom of the list because rooms were drab, outdated, stale looking, and motel-esque. The hallway looked like something out of “The Shining” and I was convinced twins would be standing at the end asking me to play. Well, the most recent refurbishment has now completely changed our opinion. The “new” rooms are modern and colorful (for rustic theming standards). Accents, furniture, curtains, walls, the new Murphy bed, and the cute decor really brightly tie the room all together now. The hallways have been updated with much more colorful and fitting carpet, new light fixtures, and freshly painted doors. We were lucky enough to stay in a two-bedroom villa and it was spacious and clean. Although it’s a separate building, Boulder Ridge feels seamlessly “connected” to the main Wilderness Lodge building. It’s an extremely short walk to the park buses. You’re also close to the Boulder Ridge busses and Geyser Point bar and grill. The boat to Magic Kingdom is a bit of the walk, but it also is from the main Wilderness Lodge lobby too. Overall Wilderness Lodge is an excellent property to stay at, and with Boulder Ridge finally getting the love it deserves with a full renovation, this is truly now a wonderful place to stay.
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Date of stay: May 2023Trip type: Traveled with family
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baseball95 wrote a review May 2023
Utica, New York27 contributions11 helpful votes
There are not enough superlatives to use about this resort. Its the best in every way, you will not be disappointed. The one bedroom villa was spacious and clean and brand new. The pools were great and the hot tubs were as well. I highly recommend this resort.
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Date of stay: May 2023
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Loveslife7106 wrote a review May 2023
Louisville, Kentucky106 contributions60 helpful votes
Wilderness Lodge was always our favorite hotel so we were thrilled to get a reservation at Boulder Ridge, a one bedroom villa facing Bay Lake. Check in was easy, we just got a text to tell you your room is ready. We had issues at the beginning because our magic bands wouldn't open the door. After that, everything was great. Plenty of shelves and drawers. The kitchen area was set up strange, where the fridge door kept hitting the wall. The quiet pool is close by and you can also use the hotel's pool. Bus transportation to the parks was very close by but we couldn't hear the noise. A great stay and we'll be back!
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donbevans1908 wrote a review May 2023
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This trip was great. The location was fantastic, the room was spotless, and the staff was very accommodating. The resort buses was on time, and the crowds were very manageable. Check-in was very easy, and check-out was very simple.
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Kira W wrote a review Apr 2023
Orlando, Florida3 contributions
Going to Disney World is something me and my family do very often (nearly monthly) as a result we stay at a lot of different resorts. Wilderness Lodge is by far one of our favourites, one reason for this is because of the laid-back feel of the Resort, even with kids all around. The resort has a magical main pool, with a small water slide, which does get quite busy in the day and at night. There is also a smaller pool which doesn't get as busy. There is normally an activity going on for kids in the pool as well as for adults. Transportation at this resort is very good as there is a boat that will take you to and from Magic Kingdom as well as a bus service to the other parks and Disney Springs. The food options are amazing as well, even if they are a bit pricey, then again it is Disney. I recommend when you are staying here that if you need a certain room to put in a room request as soon as possible as rooms are on high demand and are on a first come first served bases, this also includes if you need a pack-n-play for you child. I love this resort so much and hope to come back.
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Which popular attractions are close to Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Hoop-Dee-Doo Musical Revue (0.7 miles), Space Mountain (0.7 miles), and Buzz Lightyear's Space Ranger Spin (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a pool, and an on-site restaurant.
Which room amenities are available at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Top room amenities include a kitchenette, air conditioning, and a flat screen TV.
What food & drink options are available at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and free instant coffee during their stay.
Is parking available at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Geyser Point Bar & Grill, California Grill Lounge, and Story Book Dining at Artist Point with Snow White.
Are there opportunities to exercise at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, guests have access to a pool, a fitness center, and a sauna during their stay.
Does Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have an airport shuttle?
Yes, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge offers an airport shuttle for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Does Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have airport transportation?
Yes, Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge offers airport transportation for guests. We recommend calling ahead to confirm details.
Are any cleaning services offered at Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge?
Yes, dry cleaning and laundry service are offered to guests.
Does Boulder Ridge Villas at Disney's Wilderness Lodge have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the lake view available here.